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Solstafir

Formed: 1994
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Solstafir News

Below is our complete Solstafir news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Solstafir Announces U.S. Shows

Iceland's Solstafir has announced a string of U.S. tour dates. The band's first-ever North American trek starts on May 15th in Brooklyn, NY and will continue through a stop at this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 23rd. Support on these dates comes from Junius.

Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The band continues to touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

North American tour dates
5/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
5/17 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts
5/18 Boston, MA @ Middle East
5/19 Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/23 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

European tour dates
4/06 Akureyri, IS @ Ak Extreme
5/01 Haugesund, NO @ Karmøgeddon Festival
5/22-24 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
5/29 Geiselwind, DE @ Out
5/30 Nethpen, DE @ Freak Valley Festival
6/05 Sölvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock
6/06 Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Rock Hard Festival
6/21 Neudegg, AT @ Sommer Sonnwende 2014
6/22 Clisson, FR @ Hellfest Open Air
6/27 Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/28 Lausanne, CH @ Le Docks
7/09 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug - Pre Show
7/10 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug
8/07 Schlotheim, DE @ Party.San Open Air
8/09 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Grave More...

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Solstafir Gearing Up For Festival Tour

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have announced a full run of European summer festival dates.

Among these performances, Solstafir will play Norway's Karmøgeddon Festival, France's Hellfest, Sweden Rock Festival, Germany's Freak Valley Festival, Belgium's Grasspop Metal Meeting, and for the first time ever, a special one-off date in the United States as part of this year's Maryland Deathfest. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Sosltafir is touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). More...

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Solstafir Releasing Split With Legend

Icelandic outfit Solstafir is currently working on an upcoming new album and follow-up to 2011's "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

In addition to the upcoming album (with further details forthcoming), Solstafir is also releasing a split 7" with Legend. Solstafir's side will feature a cover of Legend's "Runaway Train," which can now be streamed over at Pitchfork.com here.

The Legend / Solstafir split is due out January 24 via Artoffact. Legend's side features a cover of Solstafir's "Fjara," and pre-orders can be found at this location.

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Solstafir Streaming Bonus Track

Iceland's Solstafir is currently working on a new album, and to tide fans over until its release the band has now posted a previously unreleased bonus track from the "Masterpiece of Bitterness" 2X gatefold vinyl.

The song "Devilmask" can be heard below. It was recorded during the "Masterpiece of Bitterness" recording session in 2004, but was not included on the original 2005 release.

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Solstafir Recording New Album

Icelandic heathens Solstafir are currently working on a new album and follow-up to 2011's "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

The band has no posted the following brief message online: "Newsflash! The new album is bloody good. Vocal recordings start tomorrow. Stay tuned."

Solstafir's Guðmundur Óli Pálmason also recently issued this message to the fans:

"Brothers and sisters we wish you all a happy (winter/summer) solstice (depending on which hemisphere you are on)! Up here in the far north it's 10:20 and it's still dark as night outside and when the sun rises in about an hour it will shine on us for only about 4 hours.

"I must admit it's my least favorite time of year, actually I prefer the total opposite, but this time of year is and has been a time of celebration for thousands of years. We celebrate the re-birth of the sun. We celebrate that the day becomes longer again. We celebrate life. No matter how black metal you pretend to be.

"Brothers and sisters, have a happy (winter/summer) solstice celebration!"

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Solstafir Streaming Full Album Re-Issue

Icelandic heathens Solstafir reissue debut album, "Í Blóði og Anda" ("In Blood and Spirit") today in North America, and now the full release can be heard online. Check it out in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Undir Jökli
2. Í Blóði Og Anda
3. The Underworld Song
4. Tormentor
5. 2000 Ár
6. Ei Við Munum Iðrast
7. Bitch In Black
8. Í Víking
9. Árstíðir Dauðans

CD2
1. Undir Jökli (Demo 98)
2. Í Blóði Og Anda (Demo 98)
3. The Underworld Song (Demo 98)
4. Tormentor (Demo 98)
5. 2000 Ár (Demo 98)
6. Piano Song (Demo 98)
7. Ei Við Munum Iðrast (Demo 97)
8. Bitch In Black (Demo 97)
9. Í Víking (Demo 97)
10. Undirheimalagid (Rehearsal) More...

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Solstafir Posts Song From Debut Album Re-Issue

Icelandic heathens Solstafir have premiered another new track from the reissue of debut album, "Í Blóði og Anda" ("In Blood and Spirit").

The track, titled "2000 Ár" can be streamed below or at the Solstafir Bandcamp page. Previously released track "The Underworld Song" can also be heard at this location.

"In Blood and Spirit" is slated for release on November 12th in North America (November 8th worldwide). More...

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Solstafir Streaming Re-Issue Track

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have premiered the first track from the reissue of debut album, "Í Blóði og Anda" ("In Blood and Spirit").

The track, titled “The Underworld Song,” can be streamed in the Bandcamp player below. "In Blood and Spirit" is slated for release on November 8th (November 11th in North America). The full track listing is a sfollows:

CD1
1. Undir Jökli
2. Í Blóði Og Anda
3. The Underworld Song
4. Tormentor
5. 2000 Ár
6. Ei Við Munum Iðrast
7. Bitch In Black
8. Í Víking
9. Árstíðir Dauðans

CD2
1. Undir Jökli (Demo 98)
2. Í Blóði Og Anda (Demo 98)
3. The Underworld Song (Demo 98)
4. Tormentor (Demo 98)
5. 2000 Ár (Demo 98)
6. Piano Song (Demo 98)
7. Ei Við Munum Iðrast (Demo 97)
8. Bitch In Black (Demo 97)
9. Í Víking (Demo 97)
10. Undirheimalagid (Rehearsal) More...

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Cancer, More Bands Announced For MDF 2014

The recently reunited UK death metal band Cancer has been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest XII. Other confirmations for the 2014 edition of the extreme metal festival include Sacrifice, Nocturnus A.D., Crowbar, and Death Toll 80K from Finland.

Maryland Deathfest XII takes place in Baltimore, MD from May 22-25, 2014 exact venue to be determined.

An updated list of confirmed bands so far is as follows:

ASPHYX (Netherlands)
AT THE GATES (Sweden)
BONGRIPPER
CANCER (UK)
CANDLEMASS (Sweden)
CROWBAR
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
DIOCLETIAN (New Zealand)
EXCRUCIATING TERROR
EXTINCTION OF MANKIND (UK)
GOD MACABRE (Sweden)
GORGUTS (Canada)
GRAVES AT SEA
HEMDALE
MACHETAZO (Spain)
MGLA (Poland)
NOCTURNUS A.D.
SACRIFICE (Canada)
SARKE (Norway)
SOILENT GREEN
SOLSTAFIR
TAAKE (Norway)
TANKARD (Germany)
ULVER (Norway)
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK)
UNHOLY GRAVE (Japan)
UNLEASHED (Sweden)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)

http://www.marylanddeathfest.com/

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Solstafir To Re-Issue Debut Album

To help you wait for the follow-up to 2011’s "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here), Season of Mist will re-release Solstafir’s debut album, "Í Blóði Og Anda" on November 8th (November 12th in North America).

Originally released in 2002, "Í Blóði Og Anda" (meaning “In Blood and Spirit”) will be reissued with a bonus disc full of previously unreleased material. More news is coming soon. More...

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More Bands Announced For Maryland Deathfest XII

A few more bands have been announced for next year's Maryland Deathfest, the twelfth edition of the annual festival taking place over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore:

UNLEASHED (Sweden) - Exclusive US appearance!
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK) - Exclusive US appearance!
UNHOLY GRAVE (Japan)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)

The festival organizers have been working on sorting out the venue situation for next year. More details on that are expected in September, with more band announcements coming as soon as next week.

Here's the updated list of confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest XII 2014:

AT THE GATES (Sweden)
UNLEASHED (Sweden)
GORGUTS (Canada)
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK)
TAAKE (Norway)
MGLA (Poland)
SOLSTAFIR (Iceland)
EXCRUCIATING TERROR
UNHOLY GRAVE (Japan)
HEMDALE
BONGRIPPER
DIOCLETIAN (New Zealand)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)

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First Bands Confirmed For Maryland Deathfest

The organisers of the Maryland Deathfest have announced the first batch of bands for next year's edition of the event, which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from May 22nd to 25th. The initial bands confirmed for the festival are as follows:

At The Gates
Gorguts
Bongripper
Taake
Solstafir
Mgla
Excruciating Terror
Diocletian

More acts are expected to be confirmed soon.

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Solstafir Posts "Æra" Video

Solstafir has posted a video clip online for the song "Æra," which was filmed during a live performance in Iceland and can be viewed below.

The track is off the band's latest full-length album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). You can also check out the band's previous music video for "Fjara" at this location.

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Solstafir Announces European Tour

Still in the wake of last year’s “Svartir Sandar” album (reviewed here), Iceland's Solstafir will embark on a European tour in March of next year, with Long Distance Calling, Audrey Horne (March 1-8), and Sahg (March 9-23). The currently announced dates are as follows:

01 Mar 13 Münster (DE) Sputnikhalle
02 Mar 13 Hamburg (DE) Klubsen
03 Mar 13 Berlin (DE) Festsaal Kreuzberg
04 Mar 13 München (DE) Backstage
05 Mar 13 Karlsruhe (DE) Substage
06 Mar 13 Köln (DE) Essigfabrik
07 Mar 13 Leipzig (DE) Conne Island
08 Mar 13 Prague (CZ) Hoodoo
09 Mar 13 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
10 Mar 13 Wien (AT) Arena
11 Mar 13 Milano (IT) Lo Fi Club
12 Mar 13 Aarau (CH) Kiff
13 Mar 13 Geneve (CH) L'usine (Kab)
14 Mar 13 Esch/Alzette (LU) Kulturfabrik
15 Mar 13 Paris (FR) Nouveau Casino
17 Mar 13 Brussels (BE) Magasin 4
19 Mar 13 Nottingham (UK) Rock City Basement
20 Mar 13 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
21 Mar 13 Manchester (UK) NQ Live
22 Mar 13 London (UK) Underworld
23 Mar 13 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Solstafir Live Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Icelandic act Sólstafir performing "Fjara" live on KEXP from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves '12. The November 2nd, 2012 performance is available below. "Fjara" comes off the band's latest full-length album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Solstafir Live Footage From Eistnaflug Available

Fan-filmed footage is now available on line, courtesy of YouTube user HoddiDarko, of Icelandic act Solstafir performing live at the Eistnaflug Festival this past July, 2012. Check out the clip of Solstafir performing the song "Æra." below.

The track comes off disc 1 of the band's latest two-disc album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). You can also read a show report from a Solstafir concert earlier this year in Finland at this location.

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